Members of the Vanderbilt Hockey Club joinedÂ the city’sÂ biggest party of the weekendÂ lastÂ Friday when the Nashville Predators and Mayor Karl DeanÂ hosted aÂ ribbon-cutting ceremony to openÂ the new Ford Ice Center located in Antioch, Tennessee.
The crowd attending the ceremonyÂ -Â aÂ veritable who’s who from the Nashville hockey community that includedÂ Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton,Â PredatorsÂ defenseman Seth Jones, 20-time Grammy winner andÂ country music star Vince Gil, and Predators broadcast personalities Pete Weber, Stu Grimson, and Terry Crisp – was beyond excited to see the initiative officially cross the finish line. The opening represented a 50% increase in the amount of ice available to the greater Nashville area, an increase to 6 ice sheets from 4.
Spot a few familiar faces? The clubÂ was thrilled toÂ not only carve out a few spots inÂ the crowd but also don their new jerseys for the event. They’ll never be whiter and fresher!
After hopping on the ice for the free community skateÂ and alsoÂ grabbing a quick bite to eat, the Vanderbilt hockey playersÂ definitelyÂ left with the same assessment asÂ Seth Jones. The facility is truly world class and will be an amazing asset for the Nashville hockey community for years to come.